tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS November 13, 2012 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
is >> pelley: tonight, the c.i.a. director now threatens the commander in afghanistan. the pentagon is investigating e-mails general john allen traded with a florida woman. who is she? bob orr and john miller investigate. nancy cordes on the president's next cabinet. who's coming and who's going in the top jobs? the head of the specialty pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak is called before congress. jim axelrod on the investigation. and they faced down a mass murderer. elaine quijano with the officer who was shot 12 times as he and his partner stopped a bloodbath. >> i confronted evil in the
parking lot and evil was not going to leave. captioning snsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. general john allen, the general in charge of the war in afghanistan, is under investigation tonight in connection with the same woman who helped bring down the director of the c.i.a., retired general david petraeus. now general allen's nomination to be supreme allied commander of nato is on hold. two of the top military men of their generation have been brought low by their acquaintance with jill kelley, a tampa socialite seen here at her home with the story playing on the t.v. behind her. last spring, kelley complained to the f.b.i. of receiving harassing anonymous e-mails. turned out, those e-mails had been written by a jealous paula
broadwell. the investigation then exposed broadwell's affair with c.i.a. director david petraeus. then the f.b.i. found an e-mail trail linking kelley to general allen. and tonight bob orr picks up the story for us from there. bob? >> reporter: good evening, scott, well, the announcement came in the middle of the night on board an airplane carrying secretary of defense leon panetta to australia. pentagon spokesman george little told reporters secretary panetta asked the white house to postpone general allen's appointment as supreme allied commander in europe. >> on sunday the federal bureau of investigation referred to the department of defense a matter involving general john allen, commander of the international security assistance force, or i.s.a.f., in afghanistan. >> reporter: the matter involves 20,000 to 30,000 pages of information the f.b.i. delivered sunday to the pentagon's inspector general. one senior official says the documents include a couple of
hundred e-mails between general allen and jill kelley, the same tampa socialite who triggered the petraeus scandal. the e-mails discovered in kelley's files date back to 2010 when allen served as deputy commander for u.s. central command in tampa. pentagon and f.b.i. sources have characterized the e-mails as "inappropriate" and "flirtatious." one senior official said, for example, kelley would write something like "saw you on television, you were terrific." allen would respond with something like "thanks, sweetheart." but another senior defense official said some of the e-mails appear to be more than just friendly exchanges, more than just terms of endearment. he went on to say: we would haven't the inspector general looking at this if we didn't believe he may have crossed the line." allen denies having an affair. a person close to kelley said adamantly there was no physical sexual relationship. that person also noted kelley used an account she shares with
her husband to correspond with allen. but even flirtatious e-mails could cost allen his career if the inspector general determines that the content is dishonorable and violates the uniform code of military justice. a law enforcement source says the f.b.i. turned up no criminal activity and no evidence that classified information was ever compromised in the allen-kelly e-mails but with allen's confirmation hearing pending, the f.b.i. felt compelled to tell the pentagon what it found. >> pelley: today the white house spokesman jay carney was asked whether the president still had confidence in general allen. >> i tell you that the president thinks very highly of general allen and his service to his country as well as the job he has done in afghanistan. >> reporter: is it accurate to say the president still has full faith in general allen? >> he has faith in general allen, believes he's doing and has done an excellent job at i.s.a.f. and i would refer you
to the pentagon for the process under way with regards to general allen. >> pelley: the center of this tale is in tampa where the pentagon's central command is headquarters on an air force base. centcom, as it is known, is in charge of the middle east, petraeus was the head of the command and general allen was deputy commander. that's how they met jill kelley who often hosted parties for officers and civilians. john miller has more on her story. john? >> well, scott, the picture that emerges of jill kelley has two sides. one portrays a wealthy socialite who devotes a lot of her time to the military. the other is that of a woman who seeks out powerful connections and is not afraid to use them. dr. scott kelley, a prominent tampa surgeon, and his wife jill, a socialite, are on all the right v.i.p. lists at the mcdill air force base. but according to current and former military officials, jill was a force to be reckoned with. kelley participating in events
to welcome officer officers fron countries and was even given a certificate naming her honorary ambassador to the coalition forces. a state department spokesman went to pains to say the obvious today-- that she was never an official u.s. ambassador. >> she does not work for the state department and has no formal affiliation with the state department. >> reporter: but in 911 calls made to tampa police this week about trespassing reporters, jill kelley seems to indicate that her property is considered diplomatic soil. >> i'm the honorary consul general so they should not be on my property. i don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well. >> reporter: a former military officer told us kelley sought to bypass protocol officers and make direct connections with the top generals such as david petraeus and general john allen. she also courted their wives. sources describe her as a
prolific e-mailer and caller. one admiral instructed an aide "you'll have to manage her for me." living in a million-dollar home, the kelleys seemed a perfectly -- seemed to perfectly blend social status, patriotism and philanthropy. but records on file with the state of florida show nine different court actions involving debts, mortgages and a foreclosure. kelley's powerful military connections surfaced in another court matter when she sought help for her twin sister natalie khawam in a bitter child custody fight. general john allen and former c.i.a. director and retired general david petraeus signed letters to the court that bear four star general emblems and are dated five and a half weeks ago.
the judge in the case had a different view. he expressed profound concerns about ms. khawam's extreme distortions and severe psychological deficits. he called khawam a psychologically unstable person with an unsteady moral and ethical compass. >> pelley: now, to be clear, that case involves jill kelley's twin sister. you've been trying to reach both women today. what did you find? >> we got natalie, the twin sister's, lawyer, who didn't address the judge's comments there directly but allowed that any custody hearing involving children is an excruciatingly sensitive, painful and personal proceeding but he says he's not representing her any more. we also got a very high profile lawyer representing jill kelley now and he said as far as getting letters from petraeus and general allen, friends the v the right to write letters for friends. >> pelley: john, thank you very much. general allen flew to washington
to prepare for his nato confirmation hearing, but now that that's on hold he'll be returning to afghanistan. his command was always set to end in february. the man nominated to replace him is general joseph dunford, assistant commandant of the marine corps. dunford has served 22 months in iraq, he was nominated by president obama october 10. part of his mission would be to help get u.s. forces out of afghanistan by the end of 2014. that vacancy at the c.i.a. is one of many openings in the obama administration. the secretaries of state, treasury, and defense would all like to leave. so what who's coming in? nancy cordes is at the white house for us tonight. nancy? >> reporter: scott, white house officials told me today that u.n. ambassador susan rice is the front-winner to replace hillary clinton as secretary of state despite some strong opposition from some republicans. the 47-year-old u.n. ambassador is a close confidante of
president obama, a former rhodes scholar who served as an assistant secretary of state under president clinton. she came under fire from republicans for what she said five days after the attack in benghazi, libya, that killed four americans. here was race on "face the nation." >> we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned. >> reporter: that would later prove to be untrue, though the white house insisted rice was working off the c.i.a.'s best information at the time. several republicans on the senate foreign relations committee have suggested they might try to block her nomination florida's marco rubio was noncommittal today. >> obviously she based those comments on directives or information she had and it's important to know who that directive came from and what exactly that information was. >> reporter: massachusetts senator john kerry, the chair of the foreign relations committee, has also expressed interest in the secretary of state job but today sources said he might be considered for secretary of
defense instead if leon panetta leaves. and john brennan, the president's top counterterrorism advisor, has emerged as a leading candidate to fill the role unexpectedly vacated by david petraeus as director of the c.i.a. the news about susan rice's standing had all the feel of a trial balloon today, scott, as white house officials try to determine just how entrenched this republican opposition is and how difficult the confirmation process would be. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. an army prosecutor says that staff sergeant robert pwaels should be tried and executed for the massacre of 16 civilians in afghanistan. a preliminary hearing wrapped up today at joint base lewis-mcchord in washington state and john blackstone is there. >> reporter: sergeant bales, the prosecutor said, committed crimes that were heinous, brutal and methodical, murders in two afghan villages, including nine children. over three days, survivors testified on a video link from
afghanistan. bales' civilian defense attorney, emma scanlon, said the army missed opportunities to examine bales for signs of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder during his four tours in iraq and afghanistan. scanlon suggested the outpost where bales was serving was poorly supervised with alcohol and drugs in common use. she said bales consumed seven ounces of alcohol on the night of the murders. >> we need to know what it means when somebody is on steroids, alcohol, and sleeping aids, what does that mean about a his state of mind? that question has not been answered. >> reporter: sergeant bales' wife keri left the final day of the hearing alongside her sister stephanie tanberg who read a statement from the family. >> much of the testimony was painful, even heartbreaking, but we are not convinced the government has shown us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about what happened that night. >> reporter: here in the courthouse on many this military base, the colonel in charge of
the preliminary hearing says he will decide by the end of this week, scott, whether to recommend bales face a court-martial. >> pelley: a long way to go yet, john. thank you very much. congress is finding new evidence in the deadly meningitis outbreak. the death toll from hurricane sandy rises. and a hero cop shot 12 times tells us how a mass murderer was stopped. when the "cbs evening news" continues. music is a universal language. but when i was in an accident... i was worried the health care system spoke a language all its own with unitedhealthcare, i got help that fit my life.
>> pelley: we've learned today that federal investigators long ago had questions about the specialty pharmacy linked to that meningitis outbreak. the outbreak, linked to contaminated drugs, has spread across 19 states with more than 400 cases and 32 deaths. jim axelrod tells us that congress has summoned the man who runs that pharmacy. >> reporter: this 22-year-old college yearbook picture of barry cadden is one of the few public images of the president of new england compounding center. of new england compounding center. that will change tomorrow when he's called to capitol hill to testify about the 32 meningitis deaths traced to drugs made by his company. congressman cliff stearns chairs the energy and commerce subcommittee that's investigating. >> i have the right to say there's a debacle here, there's
malfeasance, somebody's culpable, come to me and explain why, 32 americans have died, 450 are in the hospital. tell me what happened. >> reporter: actually, stearns expects cadden to remain silent and take the 5 *9. >> there was clear evidence that the quality control was terrible at new england compounding center and he was doing nothing about it. so for some reason he was camouflaging and trying to indicate to the f.d.a. that there's no problem. >> reporter: is barry cadden a liar? >> i think obviously he was shading the truth. >> reporter: stearns plans to examine an incident in september of 2004 when cadden was asked by an f.d.a. investigator if any cc had a non-f.d.a. approved product. cadden said no, according to the investigator, who then reported finding 189 vials of it on site. >> so i think the f.d.a. has a lot to explain here because at this point all of us are just aghast at these number of people
that have died as well as a huge number of people who ended up in hospitals. >> reporter: stearns tells us he plans to question f.d.a. commissioner dr. margaret hamburg about why the agency dropped investigations into therypan blue incident. and another two years earlier when at least two people developed septic shock after being injected with a drug made by n.e.c.c. we called n.e.c.c. today looking for comment. they didn't respond. the f.d.a. is out with a statement saying it needs to have its authority strengthened and is looking forward, scott, to working with congress to make sure this never happens again. >> pelley: jim, thank you. record flooding in italy has now turned deadly. we'll have the latest just ahe ahead. what's next? he's going to apply testosterone to his underarm. axiron, the only underarm treatment for low t, can restore testosterone levels back to normal in most men. axiron is not for use in women or anyone younger than 18.
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>> coming up, a teenager behind bars for murder. plus untangling the web around david petraeus at 7:00. >> pelley: finally tonight, on a bright sunday morning in august a man with a gun walked into a sikh temple in oak creek, wisconsin, and started shooting. he killed six people and might have killed more had it not been for two police officers. now they're giving their first t.v. interviews to elaine quijano. >> reporter: it was 10:26 in the morning when oak creek police got the first 911 calls. police lieutenant brian murphy, driving this car, arrived first at the sikh temple. he found two bodies in the parking lot. >> i need an ambulance, i do not see a shooter anywhere. >> reporter: he got out of the car. just seconds after he arrived he spotted the gunman, wade michael page, and chased him in the parking lot. >> i had moved forward and
realized very quickly that this is probably the guy that we're looking for. >> reporter: page, a white supremacist, was armed with a 9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol. >> that's when he raised his gun and we probably shot close to the same time. the first shot took me here and that's why my voice is the way it is. >> reporter: you can see page running toward murphy who is on the ground, wounded, out of frame on the right. page shoot murphy 12 times. >> he shot me in the back of the skull and as silly as it sounds i thought to myself "is that not enough?" >> reporter: what was the look in his eye? >> i had expected there to be like most people, some kind of -- whether it's excitement or anger or something. but there was nothing. >> reporter: about two dozen people were hiding in and around the temple when officer sam len da, the best marksman on the
first, raced to the scene. >> i'm just stepping out here, i'm bringing the weapon up, giving commands "get down, drop the weapon." >> reporter: this is lenda's dashboard camera. and that's his voice. >> drop the gun! >> this is when i start firing at him. i hit him on the second round. >> reporter: lenda hit page at a range of 60 yards. the wounded gunman shot himself in the head. this video never seen publicly shows lenda advancing on the gunman. >> my thought was if i can't shoot him i'm going to run him over. but the he's not leaving this parking lot and he's not getting back inside the church. >> move up! stay there! >> reporter: you stopped him. more people could have died. >> he was on a mission. i say i confronted evil in the parking lot and evil was not going to leave there.
>> he's dead. he's nothing. the people who remain, the people who carry on, that's what's important. i went to see the neurologist about the bullet stuck in my skull and he just looked at it on my x-rays and he said "that's a miracle." you can call it divine intervention, you can call it dumb luck, i'll happily take either one. >> reporter: worshipers have returned to the sikh temple. they say they have forgiven page. lieutenant brian murphy has more surgeries ahead. lieutenant brian murphy has more surgeries ahead. he's not sure if he'll ever rejoin sam lenda, but after survivalling 12 bullet he is knows anything is possible. elaine quijano, cbs news, oak creek, wisconsin. >> pelley: and that's the "cbs evening news" for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world. good night. lend da.
>> he is accused of killing a cab driver and a woman just out walking her dog. tonight an accused teenage murderer is all locked up. the taxi driver was killed in d.c. and the woman in waldorf. that's where we find andrea mccarren who brings us the rest of the story. >> reporter: information about a murder in d.c. was given to charles county authorities and helped solve a murder in waldorf that just stunned the community. tonight, 17-year-old joshua mebane is accused of killing two people. he acted alone allegedly using